Nap Time Craft: Washi Tape Polaroid Magnets

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We’ve not done one of these in a while, primarily because our kids don’t nap anymore. We’re smack in the middle of holidays, with huge book commitments and limited child-free time, hence the reintroduction of short craft projects that can be fitted into nap times (or at least under an hour!). You can swap the artwork inside these Polaroid-style fridge magnets to keep your kitchen looking fresh.

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Nap Time Craft: Pom Pom Gloves

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As you already know, we’ve got a little thing for pom poms, and as pom pom gloves seem to be in all the shops at the moment, I thought I’d make a version for Harper on the cheap. I picked up a bargain packet of three pairs of gloves from H&M (£2.99).

You will need:

  • Cheap pair of gloves
  • Wool in three colours
  • Matching thread to wool and a needle

1. To make your pom poms – wrap wool around a fork about twenty times.

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Nap Time Crafts: A Shrinkie Camera Brooch

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As I mentioned in a post a few weeks back (on making a shrinkie card), I have become a bit obsessed with shrink plastic. Its one of the easiest ways to create unusual jewellery and it takes no time at all. Watching your creation shrink down in the oven is really satisfying. I decided to make a little holga camera brooch for my Little Button counterpart Laura as she’s a big fan of vintage cameras.

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Nap Time Crafts: Leather Tassel Keyring

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At the end of last year we moved into a new house. This was a big deal for my little family as we had been living in a basement flat that we’d outgrown. To mark the occasion I wanted to make a sparkly new keyring for my new set of house keys (and how I love saying house keys, not flat keys!).

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Nap Time Crafts: Button Christmas Tree Decoration

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We saw this really lovely craft tutorial on Country Baskets for a simple button tree decoration, so we thought it would make a perfect festive Nap Time Craft.

For this project you will need:

  • An assortment of green buttons in different sizes
  • 1 small yellow button
  • 3 medium-sized red buttons
  • Craft wire
  • Wire cutters/scissors
  • Bakers twine to hang decoration

Begin by cutting your wire. You need to cut it to double the length of your finished tree. You also need a bit extra to tie the decoration at the bottom, and a loop to hang it at the top.

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Nap Time Craft: Felt Christmas Tree Garland

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Inspired by a tree decoration I saw in Crafty Magazine, today’s Nap Time Craft is a super quick way to add merriment to your mantlepiece.

For this Nap Time Craft you will need:

  • 2 sheets of green felt
  • Embroidery thread & needle
  • Embroidery pins
  • Baker’s twine
  • Scissors
  • Card

Begin by drawing a Christmas tree on the card, to act as your template. Cut this out and pin it to the felt. I cut out nine felt trees to fit the length of the mantlepiece.

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Nap Time Crafts: Halloween Pumpkin Headband

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Halloween is scarily close. If you’re in need of a simple costume that gives a nod to Fright Night then try today’s Nap Time Craft.

For this project you will need:

  • 1 sheet of orange felt
  • Embroidery thread in yellow, black and green
  • Needle, scissors & a pencil
  • Orange thin elastic
  • Embroidery pins

Begin by drawing two pumpkin shapes of the same size onto the felt. Cut them out along with a small rectangular piece for the backing.

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Nap Time Crafts: Family Cameos

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I have taken so many photos since my Little Button arrived that I don’t quite know what to do with them all. Inspired by Kirstie Allsopp, I decided to create a family portrait for our hallway using some of these photos, giving them a vintage cameo twist.

For this Nap Time Craft you will need:

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Nap Time Crafts: Knotted Dog Toy

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I used to run a friendship bracelet business when I was 8. I took it very seriously and spent all my time after class making up new bracelets to sell at school. I had some serious macramé skills, even if I say so myself!

Recently, I decided to resurrect these macramé skills to make a dog toy. I chose to upcycle some old t-shirts for the job, as the material had some stretch.

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Nap Time Crafts: Chevron Chair

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Today’s Nap Time Craft involves adding a chevron twist to a tired piece of furniture. I used a dining chair I had painted a few years ago, which I wanted to jazz up into a striking new seat.

To do this project I used:

  • Wooden chair
  • Masking tape
  • Spray paint
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Creating a chevron design can be hard. My chosen method involved endless pencil markings, a lot of geometric guesswork, and so much misplaced masking tape that I started to resemble an Egyptian Mummy! I got there in the end, but I wish I’d known about this tutorial first.

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Nap Time Crafts: Cake Bunting

So here we go, a very simple and easy project that takes under 30 minutes to complete and gives you a cute little cake topper that can be used and reused to decorate your bakes. So get the lullabies playing and switch on your sewing machine…

You will need:
A small amount of fabric, preferably with a tiny print
Pins
Tailor’s chalk or disappearing ink
Embroidery thread and needle
A sewing machine (it could be hand sewn, but that would take longer)
Pinking shears or standard sewing scissors
2 wooden kebab sticks

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Nap Time Crafts

We know that nap time is a sacred time during the day for any parent. We know everyone says “sleep when your child is napping” or that it’s a good time to do chores, but since starting this blog we’ve found that more and more of our nap times have been dedicated to craft projects.

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